Ohio State bestows honorary degree on our dean

The Ohio State University acknowledged the contributions of Dean J. Lyle Bootman at its June 12 Commencement by conferring an honorary doctor of science degree.

Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee, shown in the home page photo, said that Bootman was selected for the degreeLyle Bootman portrait in recognition of his distinguished career as an educator, researcher and scholar in pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes, and his significant contributions to public health and the advancement of science.

This is Bootman's second honorary degree; he was previously honored by the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pa.

Ohio State also conferred honorary doctor of public service degrees on Commencement speaker John Boehner, the 53rd Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and an Ohio native, and on Ohio State alumnus Carter G. Phillips, who is among the most successful Supreme Court litigators in U.S. history.

Ohio State conferred 9,700 degrees at all levels during this Commencement, making  the OSU Class of 2012 the largest of any U.S. university.

"It was truly a remarkable experience to be a part of one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the U.S. and to be there with the largest graduating class," Bootman says. "To be in the company of the other honorees and especially my family was a great honor. I will forever be grateful to this most influential university."


To get a sense of the size of the crowd,view the Columbus Dispatch slide show of the OSU graduation ceremonies..

Commencement photo on home page courtesy of The Ohio State University.